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CofC in India 2017: Anthropology and Education

Term To Study: Summer 2017
Application Deadline: May 01, 2017
Program Starts: Jul 07, 2017
Program Ends: Jul 29, 2017
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $3,750
Contact Phone: 843-953-7661
Contact Name: Center For International Education
Contact Email:
What is Included: - Round-trip airfare
- Lodging
- Most meals
- Ground transportation
- Entrances into sites
- Overseas medical insurance
- $50 non-refundable application fee (will only be reimbursed if a student is not accepted into the program or the program is cancelled)

* Program fee subject to change
What is not Included: - Tuition for three credits and associated fees
- Meals not covered by program fee
- Indian visa (assistance will be provided with the application process, but students must pay for their own visa)
- Passport fees
- Personal expenses
Estimated Costs: In addition to the program fee, students will be charged for tuition and fees as follows:
* 2016-17 in-state tuition rate for three credits is $1,422 (plus Library, Technology and Part Time Fees)
* 2016-17 out-of-state tuition rate for three credits is $1,848 (plus Library, Technology and Part Time Fees). The out of state tuition for classes associated with travel are discounted from the Fall and Spring rates.

Program Description

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Please note that applications are due by 10 pm on March 1!


Students will be enrolled in one of the following courses:

ANTH 319/SOCY 359: Special Topics in Anthropology- Schooling and Cultural and Linguistic Sustainability in Tribal India (3 credits)
MTLA 706: Special Topics in Education - Advocacy for Schooling Promoting Cultural and Linguistic Sustainability (3 credits)


This program offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to better understand the issues surrounding schooling and cultural and linguistic sustainability of Indian tribal people. Based primarily at a residential school serving 25,000 tribal children (ages 6-22), participants will interact with tribal student and the school's teachers and staff; they will design and carry out either a research project or curricular unit related to cultural and linguistic sustainability, and they will visit cultural sites to contextualize their experience. The course outcomes exceed most on-campus courses because students will be developing and applying content knowledge and research or teaching skills in a culturally different environment. The opportunity to work closely with students in a school of this size and scope is a unique feature of this course.

The program will begin with a five-day introduction to India, visiting cultural sites in New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. We will then fly to Bhubaneswar and spend the remaining two weeks at the Kalinga Institute for Social Sciences (KISS) immersed in the interactions of the school and completing course assignments; we will also visit relevant cultural sites, possibly several tribal villages.


Dr. Christine Finnan
Department of Anthropology &
Department of Teacher Education

Dr. Finnan has a joint appointment in Anthropology and Teacher Education. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses for many years. She has extensive experience in India. In 2012, she led a study abroad program to the same area of India, and in 2014-15 she spent six months conducting research at KISS.

Dr. Sophia Rodriguez
Department of Teacher Education

Dr. Sophia Rodriguez teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Teacher Education about the history and philosophy of education, and she teaches courses about social inequality and global migration in the Department of Sociology as a faculty affiliate. She's taught and trained teachers and community organizers in Latin America. Additionally, she co-led a study abroad program in Reggio Emilia, Italy last summer.

Note: For questions regarding on-site program details and course content, please contact the program directors. Any inquiries regarding application processing, billing, or scholarship opportunities can be directed to the Center for International Education (contact information listed above).

Quick Facts

Population: 1205073612
Capital: New Delhi
Per-capita GDP: $ 3700
Size: 3287263 km2
Time Zone: (GMT + 05:30 hours) Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, New Delhi

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